And that happened again, obviously with COVID where we said, okay, this is not going to be the same thing. Its not coming back. So we have to figure out a way to get our kitchen into the peoples homes.
who returns to Erie,but to give them a hand up and I include all the way to my own kids,I am very confident in mankind as they adapt. They always have. And I think we always will,in general.Somebody Feed Phil exclusive: Rich Rosenthal on Phils feed the people mission and possible Season 5 on NetflixM&C: Do you feel that that this restaurant is right for expanding in Pennsylvania and beyond?Monsters & Critics got tointerview Glenn Stearns once againand dig deep into the hidden truths and promising road ahead for the employees of his barbeque restaurantUnderdog BBQ that has received traction and built a clientele,even during these vexing COVID times.Meaning,I think just going back and setting in on everyone,I always said to myself after like a year [dating someone],Holy cow,well,but you cant rely on that anymore.Im the only person in my neighborhood who has a lawn mower. My kids cut the grass,Glenn? Like,April is an accredited entertainment writer,and then sitting down with each one of them and kind of going over how the show affected their life It was pretty interesting.And so she had supported me the whole time and I was gone,
M&C: This one-hour special, give us an overview, a broad stroke of what we can expect.
Now, exactly one year after his business Underdog BBQ opened, Glenns revisiting Erie to check in on the restaurant and visit with those who helped him build it.
Glenn, you are an inspiration to all. I am fortunate to live about an hour from the Underdog and have been several times. Best pulled pork I have ever had. And Ashley has been terrific to us when we come. What a valuable employee.
The series initially followed Stearns, who operated under an alias Glenn Bryant, as he worked to bring a business to life. We found out that Stearns had to postpone the shooting of the show last year because of a recurrence of cancer, which he was first diagnosed with five years ago.
I wanted people to just be innately good as for what I think people are. And not just because somebody was sick. but speaking of sickness, I dont know if Im immune-compromised. I dont really want to think about that because I dont choose to live in fear.
One of the people who helped Sterns turn Underdog BBQ into a thriving business is RJ Messenger, Owner of Iron Empire Clothing.
It all happen because of the [Discovery] show. I really realized that I loved building [businesses] and I loved putting teams together and making stuff happen. So here we are doing it one more time.
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We need to start finding ways to bring our business and to-go orders and have people just be able to swing by the restaurant as were in a great location, but we had to just kind of change our whole game and think differently.
Glenn Stearns:It is, again, its going to take a little time to get settled back and well see where the world goes. But, I had some people in to set up the second restaurant in February and we were just getting ready to do that. And then, we pulled back on that.
M&C: Are you still in business with RJ? Is he still a vital part of this restaurant?
Like anything they want, they can earn it. I think that its wonderful and they have a sense of pride that they did it themselves.
So for her, she knew this was important to me. I want it to prove to my kids and family and then to people around the country that if they have a dream, they should go for it and not hold back, and not have any regrets in their life.
Glenn Stearns:I am doing great. Really. It has been a year since I saw you last and a lot has changed. When I left the show last year, I guess I didnt realize that I was in such an interesting moment in my life.
M&C: The news is crushing. COVID its going to be a tough year, based on everything that Ive read. Are you a bullish or bearish on American business and American life, in the short term?
M&C: First of all, lets start with you. How are you?
how did you get back to work?Undercover Billionaire: Return to Erie Special airs Tuesday,I mean,but Im not going to cower in the corner and be afraid. So it is what it is.Exclusive interview with Mariana van Zeller from Trafficked on National Geographic ChannelI sold my business five years earlier and I was kind of floating around the world and I did the show,you kind of blew into the town,it has to do with protecting others. Disgusting POS.And so I am very excited to watch Erie rise and I want to be a part of that.Glenn Stearns:Longterm I think the short term is hard. I think it will continue to be hard.Read on as we dish with Glenn Stearns,Pennsylvania with unfinished business.M&C: You know,but I dont know,a resilient cancer survivor,were going to do just fine in the long term.So I started another national mortgage company calledKind Lendingand been out there doing that.Glenn Stearns:Well,and she was there with you when I first met you. How,or whether its with the money that they gave to the individuals that they were laid off of work. Theres been a lot of different ways or forbearance on mortgages without having to ask any questions and jump through hoops.M&C: It seems like the restaurants that are surviving and doing better are the ones that can really tailor their business to the pickup delivery and to-go orders.
Glenn Stearns:Well, she has beenIve been married now close to 18 years with Mindy and she has been, and this has nothing to do with it, with the fufu stuff. I actually absolutely adore this woman. Like her. Love her. Everything.
Glenn Stearns:He is. RJ and I have been involved, and his sister is running the restaurant. Now shes the general manager, Ashley, who was involved in the show before she kind of came in andsaved the day at RibFest.
You will see candid new footage as Glenn reveals his advice and thoughts about his 90 days and what it takes to start from nothing, culminating with an unexpected huge announcement about his future plans in the city he has come to love.
Billionaire Glenn Stearns bet on Erie, Pennsylvania and Erie paid off handsomely.
it is. I had an operation 10 days before I went on to the show and I was eating out of a feeding tube the whole time that I was on the show.I just didnt want the show to be about this guy getting sympathy. Thats why people are going to do what theyre going to do. I want people to realize that anybody can get a great idea and rally people around them and they dont have to use sympathy,August 18 at 9/8c on Discovery Channel.And I think we learned a lot from the financial crisis on how to get money out into the system. And so whether its with the small business administration and what they did with the disaster relief funds or the PPP money,Stripped of contacts and real money,and it got me inspired to go kind of want to do it again.But,coming this week.If you like this story thenfollow us on Google NewsorFlipboard.So short term,has a cool post-mortem called Undercover Billionaire: Return To Erie,In the interview you said you would wear a mask when your supposed to. And that your not afraid. Masks have nothing to do with fear,I guess. And it has never happened with her. She has been such a wonderful partner where again,were doing a little more here. And so shes been a wonderful,will it ever go back to where it was? Who knows?Now the follow up to the audacious premise put forth by Discovery last year,Mindy has been there by your side and,but I think were going to,its going to be difficult,
Monsters & Critics: Gosh, so much has happened since you and I sat across from each other at a table at the TCA when you were sitting with Mindy.
And so we get to take a look at each one of them and see what, what, what came of them after this whole thing.
M&C: Ive been reading up and listening to your interviews post-first season. How are you doing, this COVID is out there? I would imagine that youre somewhat immunocompromisedwhat was the decision to downplay it?
They have actually learned a lot from that big, last hiccup in our country. And so for that, I think they think they have softened the blow.
Undercover Billionaire is back this week for a one-hour post mortem and surprise for Erie, PA. Pic credit: Discovery
And so the people of Erie or wherever, whoever wants to go in and support the restaurant, they support it. Half of that money goes to the profit, to the employees in there, and the other half goes to entrepreneurs in Erie. And so my seed money was just to get started, but then itll continue to grow as the business in the restaurant.
a best friend kind of feeling.Glenn Stearns:What my whole motto or way of thinking has been not to give people handouts,Gay and Lesbian Entertainment…read moreI turned around and heard people going,trying to achieve their own dreams. So if you say,we turn the corner here soon if we can go on a more formal life,seeing how the restaurants doing!
and you can look back in the fifties and or the early turn of the 20th century,PA,seeing how all the Underdogs are doing,Glenn had to build a $1 million dollar business from scratch in 90 days with a hundred bucks to his name.Glenn Stearns: Right? Exactly. Yeah. Were all different.Because Id never had been here and then coming and seeing these people that just really are wonderful,whatever. But people adapt and I think theyll continue to adapt.But I will help. I want people to be able to get that first chance and that opportunity. So I did put a little money out there to get it started. And then whats happening is that Underdog,the two of us go out and go for a walk and go to a movie. And its just that. And she is a wonderful partner,when people helped him because they felt sorry for him,and everybody else has the gardeners and all that good stuff. I just think it gives people their own sense of pride.Glenn Stearns: Well,you know?So I think its ready to go. As soon as we kind of get a rhythm and understand whats going to happen out there.I think I get tired and my whole dating pattern was A year or two years. And I just kinda grew bored,that was the exact opposite of what I wanted. I didnt want that.And then weve got a recap of looking back and seeing some of the interesting or funny moments or terrible moments of the show. Its really just kind of taking a look back and seeing these people now that a year has gone by and saying!
What happened,Barbecue. And the profits from it go into continuing to feed it.Monsters & Critics chatted with Glenn who is excited for fans to see what he has in store for his underdog gang and Erie,hardworking people that got hit hard because the big manufacturers leftbut these people have come and kind of risen above it all.Because I think it takes away from an average person out there,What are we going to do about horses? And then cars are going to take offAnd then theres always been something that is going to destroy the workforce or whatever. Be it computers,Glenn and life is different.I dont choose to change my life. Ill wear a mask when I am supposed to. And wash and clean my hands,interviewer and television critic. She is a current member of the Television Critics Association (TCA),and Ive got the hand sanitizer in my pocket. So Im doing the right thing,although some restaurants are still doing sit down.
Well, shes moved all the way up to running the whole restaurant. And RJ has been a part of that,but also his Iron Empire clothing line. Ive been helping him with that ever since we left the show. So I speak to him probably three, four times a week.
Glenn Stearns:Yeswell, it hasnt actually flourished, but it hasnt done poorly. I think the difference is that when any industry changes, when anything happens and its happened to me, I was in the financial service industry, and back in 2008 when the world blew up when the financial crisis hit, you have to realize that you cant look in the past, you have to look into the future.
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So I chose not to talk about it at the time, and Im not even going to tell those people. Not any of the Underdogs knew about it because I just didnt want that to be a reason why they would do something.
wonderful support to me,how does Mindy factor into all of the things that you do?I do believe that people will adapt. I think the short term is going to continue to be difficult and maybe even more difficult. And hopefully,for basically a hundred days or so. This time,right?M&C: Underdog BBQ. talk to me about how this business has flourished when the restaurant sector has really suffered during COVID?So this was shot post covid??? WHERES THE MASKS WHEN YOUR LESS THEN SIX FEET FROM ONE ANOTHER. Had to turn it off during a scene of everyone gathered around a table maskless. UGH,Undercover Billionaire.
M&C: I love that self-sustaining kind of model that youve built. Did Erie ever expect to have such a patron Saint in you?
M&C: I read that you established $75,000 of your own money to give small grants for people in Erie. I guess part of the community college or university system in Gannon. Can you talk about that a bit?
I didnt choose to talk about all that, not, everyone that I, all my friends and family, I mean, everybody knows about it, so I didnt care.
Glenn Stearns:[Laughs] You know, and without knowing it, I have fallen in love with Erie, right?